Patrick Beverley has developed into one of the best defenders in the league and is often a nightmare for opposing point guards to deal with.
He gave Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball a taste of this when he welcomed him to the NBA by frustrating him in the season opener for the Clippers.
Simply put, Beverley is the player that rival fans hate but would love to have on their team.
That’s certainly been the case with the Clippers and their head coach Doc Rivers this season as they've had to deal with the defensive pressure of Beverley a number of times over the last few years only to enjoy having him on their side now.
“He’s just a nuisance,” said Rivers. “I mean, I hated Patrick Beverley until this year. Now, I love him. He’s one of those guys that’s been around the league. The Bill Laimbeer’s, the Dennis Rodman’s, you just go through the list, he’s one of them.”
The veteran guard recently revealed that he gets his playing style from an NBA legend who he has specifically modeled his game after.
“Kevin Garnett,” Beverley quickly responded. “That’s why I wear [jersey] number 21. That’s why I lay my hat on defence like that. It’s because of KG.”
Rivers coached Garnett for five years while he was with the Boston Celtics and sees the resemblance between the two.
“I think he is just motivated every night,” said Rivers. “I just think that’s Pat Beverley. I have never seen him not motivated. It’s just who he is. You should see him in practice. He reminds me a lot of Kevin Garnett.
"You don’t think all that energy is for real when you’re on the other side. Then, you get him on your team and you realise, ‘no, this is him every day.’ He’s deadly serious about basketball and he’s extremely competitive. That’s just who he is.”
The All-Defensive man has brought his prowess to Los Angeles and has been a key part of the team's unbeaten start to the campaign.
He's averaging 14.3 points, two assists and four rebounds per game for the 4-0 Clippers.
The 29-year-old is a completely different player to Chris Paul but he brings a tenacity and energy that the team has been crying out for and has complemented stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan well to start his career in the City of Angels.